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September 15, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Tells Fellow Watchdogs to Shout from the Rooftops



Gene Aloise All too often, federal watchdogs find alarming evidence of government malfeasance, only to bury their findings in reports that are dense, hidden, or redacted. Thankfully, at least one Inspector General recognizes the value of publicity, and is urging other

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 4, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdogs Publish More Information on Whistleblower Rights



USAID Ombudsman Last week, POGO raised concerns that some federal watchdogs were not posting enough information online for agency employees who have questions about blowing the whistle. We’re happy to report that a few watchdog offices are now taking steps to remedy the s

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 26, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdogs and Whistleblowers: A Progress Report



IG Ombudsman Many federal watchdogs have posted clear and comprehensive information about whistleblower protection ombudsmen on their websites, according to a review by the Project On Government Oversight. However, several watchdogs—most notably the Inspectors General at the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Agency for International Development—have done little to publicize their ombudsmen online, and may be missing an important opportunity to inform agency employees of their whistleblower rights.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 19, 2014

By Neil Gordon

DynCorp Sued for Overcharging Anti-Terrorism Program



Contract Oversight Last week, the public learned that DynCorp International is being sued for defrauding the Army on a narco-terrorism contract, the same contract on which a Pentagon audit found over $100 million in improper charges.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 28, 2014

By Michelle Li

House Committee Investigating Commerce IG Todd Zinser



Todd Zinser The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is conducting a bipartisan investigation into allegations that Department of Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser has failed to discipline two of his closest aides, who were found to have intimidated employees that they perceived to be potential whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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